Strong Passwords Can Help Thwart Hackers

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     DECATUR-You might think when you take a photo on the i-phone it is privately stored on the phone. But it is not.  And this hacking scandal is putting a big spotlight on security.  
    The cloud allows you  a way to back up your information
    Cyber security expert John Bambenek says it was easy for hackers to get nude photos of celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.  He says,  because of a weakness in Apple's security.
    "The flaw allowed them to keep trying passwords until they got a match," Bambenek says. "When they got a match, they got full access to everything."
    Apple released a statement saying it wasn't a breach of the cloud, but "a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the internet."
    So how do you protect yourself?
     Come up with a strong password for your Apple ID account.     
It's important to keep in mind "strong" password doesn't necessarily mean "complex." According to computer experts, "long" passwords are better. They also recommend: 1) using challenge questions and answers no one knows answers to 2) using long passwords that are not easily guessed.


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